March for Life (Prague)

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2009 Pro-life March on Wenceslas Square, 28 March 2009

The March for Life (Czech: Pochod pro život) is an annual anti-abortion demonstration held in Prague in late March, close to the International Day of the Unborn Child (25 March). The first march was held in 2001. It is organized by Hnutí pro život (Pro-life Movement) of the Czech Republic.[1] The participants usually carry white crosses symbolizing the victims of abortion.[2] The event is supported by the Latin and Eastern Catholic churches. The march is usually opened by a Mass celebrated by Dominik Duka, Cardinal-Archbishop of Prague.[2][3] Politicians such as Pavel Bělobrádek (KDU-ČSL), Jitka Chalánková (TOP 09), Eva Richtrová (ČSSD) and Jaroslav Plachý (ODS) have attended the march in the past.[4] The march leads to the Wenceslas Square[5] and ends at the Saint Wenceslas statue.[6]

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  1. ^ "Prahou projde průvod na protest proti potratům". Hospodářské noviny (in Czech). iHNED. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Königsmarková, Anna; Kašpar, Mirko (24 March 2012). "Prahou prošlo 1500 odpůrců potratů, nesli bílé kříže a modlili se" (in Czech). Czech Radio. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Horáková, Helena (27 March 2011). "Prahou prošel Pochod pro život" (in Czech). Radio Proglas. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Prahou prošel Pochod pro život, přišli i politici". Jihočeské novinky (in Czech). jihoceskenovinky.cz. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Proti potratům protestovala v Praze tisícovka lidí" (in Czech). Týden (originally ČTK). 26 March 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Peroutka jr., Ferdinand (21 March 2013). "Potřinácté ke sv. Václavu" (in Czech). Czech Television (blog). Retrieved 8 March 2014. 

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